A Colonial Boythe soundtrack of an african childhood

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Against the backdrop of the embryonic bush war, apartheid, Vietnam, the civil rights movement and crushing sanctions, the boy grows up, with purple bauhinia blossom underfoot and the fragrance of unrest in the air. A Colonial Boy tracks the formative years of a child who is a keen observer of life and takes us on a wonderful journey that is at once innocent and ugly, funny and tragic, but always honest.

In this Gerald Durrell-meets-Graham Greene account the author examines the accident of his birth to an English father and a South African mother in the booming postwar colony of Southern Rhodesia.

La belle époque Rhodesienne ends abruptly when Prime Minister Ian Smith declares unilateral independence from Britain in 1965, but life in Midvale Road, on the outskirts of the capital, Salisbury, ticks on, and by, as it always has, and it is here, between 1957 and 1968, that the wind of change gusts up the lane, and through the boy.

Against the backdrop of the embryonic bush war, apartheid, Vietnam, the civil rights movement and crushing sanctions, the boy grows up, with purple bauhinia blossom underfoot and the fragrance of unrest in the air. A Colonial Boy tracks the formative years of a child who is a keen observer of life and takes us on a wonderful journey that is at once innocent and ugly, funny and tragic, but always honest.

Chris Cocks

Chris Cocks was born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1957 as the sun was setting on the British Empire. He saw service in the ‘bush war’; his two autobiographical accounts—Fire Force: A Trooper’s War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry and Survival Course: Rhodesian Dénouement and the War of Self—evoke the era.

Fire Force is now regarded as a classic on war and has sold over 40,000 copies. His novel, Deslocado Redemption, set in Beira, Mozambique, explores post-colonial racial attitudes in southern Africa. He is a freelance editor, specializing in history, and lives in Nelspruit.

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PublisherChris Cocks Publication Date01/02/2024

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